Bleachers

From Rajendra Kissoonlall

Title:  Bleachers

Author:  John Grisham

A slight disappointment for a John Grisham novel.  I was looking for a deeper plot, more twists and intrigue.  Nevertheless, a decent book

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ReVamped

From Luke, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Diver, Lucienne
ReVamped
Fans of the Twilight Saga will rejoice after reading “ReVamped” by Lucienne Diver. This novel is great for those who like vampire stories. You’ll also like to read this if you’re into action.

The novel takes place during present day. Gina, a teenage girl who was turned into a vampire in “Vamped”, now works for the government. She, her boyfriend, and three other agents are sent to Wappingers Falls, a quaint town in upstate New York, to investigate strange fluctuations in energy. Once there, undercover, they discover a plot of their old vampire enemy and the vampire council to turn the whole town into their feeding grounds.

This novel is humorous, action-packed, and keeps your attention. I greatly enjoyed reading this and would recommend this and any other novel by Lucienne Diver to anyone. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate this book a 7 ½. If you like vampires, action, and comedy then this is the book for you.

The Duff

From Divya, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Keplinger, Kody
 The Duff
Bianca, from the novel The Duff by Kody Keplinger, has problems in her life. Her mother, who is never home, might divorce her dad, who is a recovering alcoholic. She feels as though she is the “duff” in her group of friends, or the “Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend,” the weak link. Her ex-boyfriend, who broke her heart when she was fourteen, is visiting town from his college with his fiancee. The boy she has a massive crush on, Toby, doesn’t even know that she exists. Bianca wants a distraction, a way to let out all these emotions so she won’t go crazy. So she starts sleeping with Wesley Rush, her high school’s womanizer. She doesn’t like him at all, she actually despises him, but all she is looking for is a fling and that is exactly what Wesley can provide. But Bianca actually finds out they have more in common then she thought and realizes that she might actually care for him. And what will happen when all the problems she has  been running away from  catch up!

  with her? Read the book to find out! I would definitely recommend this book to any girl to a girl in middle or high school. I would give this book a 9 out of 10 because it truly is an excellent read for any girl as it explores important issues such as self-esteem, reputations, and many more that are easy to relate too. However, this book contains a lot of mature content so the reader should probably be over the age of 10. So go out and read The Duff!

Before I Fall

From Joanna, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Oliver, Lauren
Before I Fall
 Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver revolves around eighteen year old Samantha Kinston and the last day of her life – over and over again. Cupid’s Day should have been just another day for Sam. She’d go to school with her best friends, park in the best parking spot, and get a rose from her gorgeous boyfriend as well as every other admirer in the school. Then she dies. Seven times, actually. Over and over again Sam relives the very last day of her life changing everything to save herself. Seven chances, seven tries, and only one way to get it right.

First impressions lead you to think that Sam is just another popular girl who has everything she could have ever wanted – and she is, at first. She makes judgments upon association and what it takes to stay at the top. After she dies, though, everything changes. Getting the opportunity to repeat the same day gives Sam a chance to make good on some of the mistakes she has made. She takes the opportunity to see people for who they really are and realizes that saving herself had nothing to do with what she thought it had.

I would recommend this book to everyone. Reading about the same day seven times may seem boring, but the way she lives it makes all the difference. The emotions are raw and the characters three-dimensional. Towards the end, when everything starts to fall into place, you’ll want to finish reading it, every period and comma.

Fat Vampire

From Luke, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Rex, Adam
Once in a while a person finds a captivating book that keeps your attention and makes you read more. Such a book to me was “Fat Vampire” by Adam Rex. One could take it as a young adult vampire novel, or it could also be seen as a spoof of vampire novels. No matter how you look at this book it is a good read and should be given a chance by everyone.

 Doug Lee is a fat, ugly, comic book and video game obsessed teenager. And he is also a vampire. Doug has no one to go to to learn how to be a vampire, so he tries teaching himself. He does many crazy things such as drinking cow’s blood, trying to sneak into the panda cage at the San Diego zoo and drink panda blood and even stealing blood from a blood donation vehicle at comic-con. Most of these tend to have disastrous endings. He is very unpopular at school and has only one good friend, Jay, until the foreign exchange student, Sejal, came to the U.S. He develops a crush for her and becomes friends with her and the drama club people she hangs out with. Then he gets a mysterious letter from a man in the sewer. He invites them to go to Signora Polidori’s house for tea. Signora Polidori is also a vampire. While at her house Doug, and 2 other vampires, get assigned to older vampires so that they can be taught the ways of their kind. The rest of the story  focuses on Doug and his life as a high school vampire.

 Full of surprises and twists “Fat Vampire” was a good book. On a scale of 1-10 I would give this book about a 7. This would be an ideal book for you to read if you like the Twilight saga or vampire books. It’s not too long and can be read in a short amount of time. If you’re looking for a quick read between novels, this is the perfect book to get.